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You'll find you instantly have superhuman strength, but not necessarily superhuman reasoning.
The second comment in post #44 was in regard falling over when not necessarily tethered, but also applies when tethered.
The first was pointing out that if the tether lets you fall over or through/under the lines -- which it should not but most do -- then getting back up may be impossible without strong assistance or a way to work your way back to a platform, ladder, or line and loop hanging over for such an eventuality.
Getting a tether by a stanchion may be a big problem or it may not, depending on the tack, waves, boatspeed, etc., however having two tethers makes it a whole lot less risky, since one can be detached and moved at a time. Of course with two tethers, the risk of going over should be much less in the first place.
Don't ask me how I know this.
Also, netting or weaving in the lifelines may look a little tacky, but it has saved many a dog, child, or adult sailor from an unscheduled swim after slipping or tripping and rolling under the lines.
Last edited by allendick; 08-27-2008 at 02:32 PM.